Are you sick of wasting your money on expensive zipper bags only to have them thrown into the garbage in just a few short hours?
*UPDATED POST – While my kiddos are fully grown and making their own lunches these days, I thought many of you might enjoy learning how to make your own reusable sandwich bags. Not only does it save a ton of money throughout the year, but it’s a huge benefit for the environment, too! Okay, back to the article…
This past year, my family alone threw away roughly 1,200 zipper bags.
It’s terrible, I know.
According to the US Census Bureau, there’s a little more than 114 million households (2010 Census) in the United States.
And, if every family is throwing away 1,200 plastic bags each year, that’s roughly 136,800,000,000 zipper bags cluttering up the Earth.
In just 1 year!
That’s billions, my friends.
That makes me sad. Really sad. What destruction!
With school beginning in just a few weeks here, I’m starting to prepare and do some school shopping. But, this year, I don’t want to throw away 1,200 zipper bags.
That’s just crazy!
I could order some reusable bags. But, I’d much prefer to make my own reusable bags, instead of wasting all that money just to damage the Earth.
Plus, if I make them myself, the girls can have some say in the colors and patterns that I use to make their bags.
So, I’ve been
wasting time researching, a little, on Pinterest, to see what other DIYers are using to send lunch to school. And, I’ve found some really awesome ideas!
I thought I’d go ahead and share, for those of you that might want to make your own reusable sandwich bags this year, too!
Check these out…
Make a Lunch Box from a Milk Jug
from Life Hacker
How cool is this!
Not only are you making your own reusable sandwich box, but you’re recycling an item that would otherwise be thrown away! I just love this idea. 🙂
I love these Reusable Sandwich bags because they’re see-through, just like regular zipper bags.
Perfect to let your little ones sneak a peek at what’s in their lunch for the day!
Reusable snack bags + free tutorial for a sandwich wrap
from Speckled Owl Studio
These reusable snack/sandwich bags are great for kids! You can use any printed fabric they like, plus these reusable bags are easy to throw in the washer!
And, I just love the free printable tutorial she drew up!!
DIY: Reusable Sandwich Bag
This DIY Reusable Sandwich Bag is made of oil cloth which has been traditionally used to make outdoor furniture fabric, tablecloths and industrial aprons. It’s just perfect for a quick wipe down without having to throw it in the washer or stand at the sink scrubbing.
Plus, oil cloth is available in hundreds of colors and patterns, just like regular fabric.
I hope you’ve enjoyed checking out these awesome DIY Reusable Sandwich Bags! I can’t wait to try making my own!
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Vanessa Hamlin is the owner and founder of Food Life Design and VLHamlinDesign. With her passion for frugal living and homesteading, Vanessa loves to write about easy recipes, making money, gardening, home remedies and everything else that a good life entails! When she’s not writing for Food Life Design or creating products for VLHamlinDesign, you’ll find Vanessa reading, drawing, gardening, cooking or spending time with her family.